When we last left our intrepid travelers – we had journeyed overnight to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg and walked around. After spending two days in St. Petersburg, we came back to Moscow where Justin and Kelly live to explore the capital city.
Readers of this blog know that I have been to Moscow before, but honestly, it was like seeing for the first time, since I do not remember much of it from my first trip there in 1992. General impressions – well, it was a much more Russian city than St. Petersburg – and aside from a few things like the Seven Sisters, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, it was a much less pretty city than St. Petersburg. Also, possibly owing to St. Petersburg’s presence on the cruise ship circuit – Moscow ended up being a lot less tourist friendly and a less friendly city in general.
However, I would be remiss not to mention the wonderful subway system, the absolutely beautiful GUM department store right on Red Square, the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral – all of which make Moscow a place worth a stop through.
GUM Department Store
St. Basil’s Cathedral
Other side of Red Square
The Tsar Cannon
Some other comments:
Russian Restaurant service is bad. Very bad. Slow. Uncaring. Non-existant. It made me long for Chinese restaurant service. Justin told me it sometimes takes two hours to eat lunch because of the long wait for food delivery and bill delivery and change delivery.
Being a tourist in Russia is very expensive. We weren’t eating fancy meals, and yet we were still paying around $25-30 USD per meal (lunch and dinner). I will have another post about food, but we actually didn’t eat that many Russian meals there – having Azeri, Uzbek, Georgian, German and Czech as some of our many options. My favorite meal, however was the Russian one.